Armed police in Westgate raid in connection with Folkestone publican death

Police are investigating the death of Joe Daniels

A man has been arrested in Westgate in connection with the death of a man who was shot in Folkestone.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the death of Joe Daniels  after the 58-year-old man was found unresponsive inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, shortly before 11.30am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Mr Daniels had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, where a firearm was also recovered.

Kent Police officers, including firearms officers, carried out a pre-planned warrant at an address in Beach Road, Westgate today (February 25).

As part of the early-morning operation, one man aged in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to supply firearms. He remains in custody and enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery said: “A 24-year-old man from Canterbury arrested in connection with this incident on Wednesday 31 January remains under investigation.

“Over the past year we’ve reviewed more than one thousand hours of CCTV and dashcam footage. We have also taken more than 350 statements, searched houses and seized more than 1,200 items, many of which have been forensically examined.

“We thank those people who have come forward with information and continue to urge anyone with new information to come forward, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.”

Anyone with information can call 01303 289600 quoting reference 22-0453. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

UPDATE: The man arrested in Westgate has been released on bail until March 15 pending further enquiries.